Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn attended a police reform forum in Washington, D.C. Friday and called for more consistent disciplining of police who violated policy, according to the Washington Post.
Flynn, reported the Post, "recalled the anger he provoked with his decision to fire the police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill man who was asleep on a park bench.While the shooting was not criminal, Flynn said, the actions of former officer Christopher Manney violated department protocol.
“'I made a decision to fire him and announced it at a press conference in which I still defended his use of deadly force at that instant,” Flynn said. “As you can imagine, that decision wasn’t meant to please anybody, and succeeded.'"
“'I had the Coalition for Justice demand my firing, and the police union vote no confidence,'” Flynn said, prompting a round of laughter. “And I like to think at that moment I kind of brought the police and community together.'”
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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